President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget was released last week and includes proposed spending for federal departments and agencies, including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). We have examined the detailed budget justification documents and can now share the following with respect to NIFA. [Read Full Report]
The Senate and House of Representatives have finally reached agreement on a new five-year Farm Bill. By an overwhelming margin of 251 to 166, the House today passed the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642, which is now titled the “Agricultural Act of 2014” and the Senate is expected to follow suit within the next day or two. Most of the land-grant system’s Farm Bill priorities were incorporated within Title VII (Research & Extension) or other portions of the bill. [Read Full Report]
House and Senate appropriators were able to reach agreement on all 12 of the appropriations bills and an omnibus measure incorporating them is expected to pass both chambers within the next few days. All seven of the land-grant system’s NIFA priorities received increases compared to both FY 2013 and FY 2012. In total, the system’s priority funding lines were up $107 million compared to FY 2013 and $69 million compared to FY 2012. [Read Full Report]
Both the Senate and House of Representatives have now passed the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and President Obama is expected to sign this measure into law within the next few days. This action clears the way for Congress to complete action on the FY 2014 appropriations bill with a target date of mid-January 2014 (which is when the current stop-gap funding bill expires). [Read Full Report]
Congress is currently debating a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund operations of the federal government after the new fiscal year begins on October 1. The House has already passed a version of the CR which would fund programs until December 15 at the same amounts they received in FY 2013. Also, the Farm Bill continues to "inch along."
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